Windows 7 Power Plans

With the ever increasing energy bills, it is worth spending some time understanding Windows 7 Power Plans to save energy by reducing your computer’s performance where possible. A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manage how your computer uses power. You can use power plans to reduce the amount of power your computer uses, maximize performance, or balance the two. To get acquainted with Windows 7 Power Plans and also create your own custom power saver plan follow these steps:

  1. In the Start search text box type Power Options and press enter
  2. On the left side, click Create a power plan
  3. On the Create a power plan page, select the Power saver radio button
  4. Type in a custom name in the Plan name: text box and click Next as shown below:
  5. On the Change settings for the plan: My Power Saver Plan page, click Create
  6. In the Power Options control panel, click Change plan settings for My Power Saver Plan (your custom plan)
  7. On the Change settings for the plan: My Power Saver Plan page, click Change advanced power settings
  8. In the Advanced settings dialog box, you can set various parameters to reflect how you want your computer to manage power

Note: Your user rights, restrictions imposed by your system administrator or your computer’s hardware configuration, might limit which settings you can change. If your computer is part of a network at an organization—such as a school or business—your organization’s system administrator might have disabled or even removed certain settings by using Group Policy.